Experience ‘Dealing with Drugs’

Most drugs enter our society via the port of Rotterdam. In ‘Dealing with Drugs’, you will be confronted by serious choices to make, shocking facts and figures, and the impact that the drug trade has.

Each year, about 250 tonnes of cocaine are consumed in Europe. It is not known how much of this is imported via the port of Rotterdam. We read something about it almost every day. But few people know about the complex world that is hidden behind the headlines. It’s a world that is becoming increasingly grim and ruthless. And one that is intermingling more and more with legitimate society.

What would you do?
What would you do as port employee, customs officer, dealer or judge? Do you opt for more checks within the port, or do you opt for speed and profit? Do you take the money you are being offered for letting someone use your pass for the container terminal? It’s easy money if you would normally have to work for three months to earn this. Do you punish this young dealer or do you let him go? It’s time for a showdown. Time to tackle real-life issues from the Rotterdam drugs world.

The following (amongst others) cooperated with this experience/exhibition: the Customs Office, the Seaport Police, FIOD, the HARC (Hit And Run Cargo) Team, and ex-dealers from the port city of Rotterdam.

“The trade in drugs is hard as nails, ruthless and very hard to get a handle on. However, the big bucks talk and it can be hard to resist its seductive properties. It’s a good idea to experience this world for yourself, as this underworld is closer to you than you think.” – Chris Westendorp, scriptwriter for Dutch TV series ‘Penoza’ 

The exhibition ‘Dealing with Drugs’ is on display from October 20 2018 till 21 April 2019. 

In 2016 Kossmann.dejong exhibition architects also designed the successful ‘Offshore Experience’ for the Maritime Museum Rotterdam.